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"Icarus" is a song by the British singer & songwriter Emma Blackery. It is the fifth track from her debut album, Villains. It was released on June 22, 2018.

BackgroundEdit

A song about realising that taking the high road is the better option after retaliating to those who oppose you, “Icarus” is the third single from English singer-songwriter Emma Blackery’s debut album Villains.

It was released as a pre-order bonus for the album on June 22, 2018.

Written by Blackery and producer Toby Scott, the song sees Emma calling herself the 2018 version of Icarus. Over a gradual build, all fit with strings, electronic drums and a marimba the song has a similar innocence to past singles “Dirt” and “Agenda” but it’s down-tempo beat and sombre tone set a different listening experience. Emma said:

"The song is about retaliating to the people who want to see you fall, and looking like a fool. Public online fights, getting involved in drama for everyone to see, and then regretting it. Totally can’t relate."
On the back of the vinyl-album artwork, the tracklist has little messages explaining what each song is directed towards. This song is: ‘For The Fool.’

LyricsEdit

You've got your eyes closed
Such a temper
Been so long
That you can't remember
How it started
How they took you down

You got your wings up
Now they're laughing
You're the food at the feast
That they're having
And you know running away
Doesn't prove them wrong

Well have you tried apologising?
Do you know the mess you've made?
You believe you hold the answers
But your feathers are all frayed

Oh well, Icarus
Why you so serious?
You know you've gotta let it go
Cos you're flying too close

There in your ego
Lies your weakness
Wrap it tightly
And keep it at your chest
You are only
The front that you harness

Cos silence is so underrated
Their voices are a loaded gun
You'll be swallowed up by the sun
Cos you're trying to be someone

Oh well, Icarus
Why you so serious?
You know you've gotta let it go
Cos you're flying too close
Oh well, Icarus
You're being so dangerous
You know the higher you fly
The less you can hide

Cos they're all waiting
In the ocean
With open arms
To drag you down
So have you tried apologising
Before you start to drown?

Oh well, Icarus
Why you so serious?
You know you've gotta let it go
Cause you're flying too close
Oh well, Icarus
You're being so dangerous
You know the higher you fly
The less you can hide

VideoEdit

Villains
Tracklist Villains Pt. 1 - Dirt - Agenda - Fake Friends - Icarus - Take Me Out - Petty - Third Eye - What I Felt With You - Burn The Witch - Villains Pt. 2
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